Mazin Mohammed – Candidate Profile



Candidate Interview:

 January 27, 2016

To the best of your understanding, what is the purpose and function of the BUSU Board of Directors?

“The Board of Directors mainly provides oversight for what goes on with the BUSU executives, financially as well as policy wise. The Board receives the final say on passing policies and approving budgets.”

Why have you decided to run for the position of Director of the Board?

“I am running for the Board of Directors because the I feel that currently, there isn’t much transparency. The bus pass is one example: Brock students pay about $195 each and the bus pass covers St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland whereas Niagara College students pay about $165 and also get access to the transit in Port Colborne, Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Students don’t know about the discrepancy – we should be paying the same and or less, and still be getting the same reach of the region.”
Why should you be elected for the position of Director of the Board?

“Simply put, my platform is very focused, mainly, I want to get more transparency by trying to minimize the asymmetric info between BUSU, Brock administration and students. Having our cost structures more accessible to students will also help transparency. Furthermore, I want to increase voter turnout. If we get more voters involved, we can get a lot more accountability and pressure. When students know what’s going on and get informed, they will be more likely to vote for candidates and on referendums that best fit the students needs.
I want to help maximize the value that each student is getting and improve the student experience. For example, with high tuition and high food costs, what exactly are the students getting in return? If elected, I will try to create an environment our ideas and thoughts challenged.”

If elected as a Director of the Board, how will you ensure that you effectively represent the students that have elected you?

“Simply put, the first thing is to basically try to pass legislation to increase voter turnout. As well for accountability, I would try to try to clear up asymmetric info like cost structures between the board and student body. Provide more details between BUSU and the students. When I checked on some of their statements, BUSU has six million in securities, I was wondering of the purpose of this investment – if it will be used for infrastructure or something else. I feel like there needs to be more details, and details that are more readily accessible.”

Additional Comments:

“In my opinion, the fundamental problem with BUSU is accountability and explaining the value that students get from the various ancillary fees and being members of the students’ union. I want to have a lot of communication with the senior staff, especially in terms of goals going forward. Despite being a strong union, I don’t know if we have the strongest student relationships. In order to represent the interests of the students, we might have to take a hard look at some of the policies and practices of BUSU as a whole.”






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